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Bing Crosby / The Andrews Sisters – Mele Kalikimaka

26 Dec

For some reason, I never heard this song before this Christmas season; now I’m hearing different covers of it on the radio. Once again, as with Kiwi Christmas carols, we have a Christmas song that eschews winter imagery, because that isn’t part of the region’s Christmas experience. Catchy Christmas earworm; enjoy!

Will S.' Sunny Side Blog

Mele Kalikimaka is the thing to say on a bright Hawaiian Christmas day
That’s the island greeting that we send to you
From the land where palm trees sway
Here we know that Christmas will be green and bright
The sun will shine by day and all the stars at night
Mele Kalikimaka is Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas to you

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Posted by on December 26, 2016 in music

 

6 responses to “Bing Crosby / The Andrews Sisters – Mele Kalikimaka

  1. Carnivore

    December 26, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Never heard this one before? Hmmm, you youngsters! 😉 (Actually, Bing’s recording came out in 1950, when I was still in God’s vest pocket.)

    There seems to be two versions of “Christmas in LA” – the modern pop version and the Lawrence Welk version. Not a very catchy tune:

    And there’s always “Santa’s Using Zebras Now” (south of Timbuktu):

     
    • Will S.

      December 26, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Never heard those either! Thanks Carnivore!

       
  2. feeriker

    December 26, 2016 at 11:17 am

    There’s Bing’s version, Bette Midler’s version (she grew up in Hawaii), and –this is really bizarre– a version by K.T. Tunstall (a Scottish singer doing a Hawaiian Christmas song? Hmmmm….).

     
    • Will S.

      December 26, 2016 at 11:42 am

      That is bizarre, that a Scot pop singer would cover it.

      I’ve also heard country singer Jamey Johnson’s version. Seems to be quite a popular song, much covered.

       

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